Archive for January, 2010

Teen Film Contest Deadline Extended!

Friday, January 15th, 2010

filmmaking contestBeen too busy to get your film ready for our contest? No worries! The deadline for the 4th Annual Teen Filmmaking Contest has been extended to Friday, January 29. Go to our contest page to see the rules and get an entry form. Submissions must be turned in to the Kentwood Branch by January 29. Happy filmmaking!

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Literacy Center Volunteers Needed

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Are you looking for a rewarding volunteer opportunity?
Consider volunteering as a tutor for the Literacy Center of West Michigan.

literacycenter2.JPGThe Literacy Center of West Michigan has helped thousands of area adults learn to read or speak English. To continue our mission, we need dedicated individuals like you to volunteer for our Adult Tutoring Program. You will be trained by experienced staff and will be matched with an adult student for weekly tutoring in reading or English as a Second Language. You will receive free materials, lesson plan ideas, and ongoing support. All you need is about 2 hours each week and a genuine desire to help others.

To learn more about becoming a volunteer reading or ESL tutor, please call 616-459-5151 to register for a 1-hour orientation. Tutor training will begin soon, so don’t delay!


Orientation dates and locations:

January 25Kent District Library Wyoming Branch
February 2Alpine Ave. Schuler Books & Music
February 17Kent District Library Wyoming Branch
March 2Literacy Center of West Michigan
March 18Kent District Library Wyoming Branch
April 12Alpine Ave. Schuler Books & Music
April 2128th St. Schuler Books & Music 
May 4Grand Rapids Public Library Yankee Clipper Branch
May 19Woodland Mall Barnes & Noble
June 128th St. Schuler Books & Music
June 22Kent District Library Gaines Township Branch

All orientations are from 6:30–7:30 p.m.

Call 616-459-5151 to register.




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NetLibrary Releases More iPod Titles

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

NetLibrary, one of the KDL eLibrary services offering downloadable eAudiobook titles, recently announced the release of even more iPod-compatible MP3 files. Over 1,000 titles are now available in MP3 format, including the popular titles shown below:

NetLibrary Titles

To see a complete list or search for a particular title, choose the NetLibrary eAudiobooks link on the KDL eLibrary page, login using your KDL library card, and make sure to limit your search to MP3 in the Format option.

(Just a reminder — our other eAudiobook service, OverDrive, also includes a selection of iPod-compatible titles!)

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“One Book” Update

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

Due to current economic challenges and the need to refocus our efforts to support our strategic initiatives, the Kent District Library will no longer be participating in a One Book, One County author event. However, we will continue our commitment to bringing quality authors to our communities through grants, corporate sponsorships, partnerships, and financial support from our Friends groups.  For example, we once again plan to bring in a nationally-known author for our second annual “A Novel Experience” fundraising event in the fall of 2010. We will also plan to bring in many popular local authors throughout the year. This spring alone we’ll be visited by Tom Rademacher, Michael Lindley, Linda Nemec Foster, Susan Roth and more.  We also plan to collaborate with many of our local cities and townships to develop wonderful Community Reads  projects.

We appreciate your understanding and look forward to a great 2010 and beyond!

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KDL in Grand Rapids Family Magazine

Friday, January 8th, 2010

GR FamilyStarting in January, Grand Rapids Family Magazine will highlight a monthly article, entitled “Read It Now,” featuring book reviews by our very own KDL staff! This month’s title is In the Snow by Peggy Collins, about a preschooler wakes to “find his world transformed into a winter wonderland.” KDL is also featured in the January issue with “It Begins with a Book,” an article detailing the library’s literacy efforts for young children.

Check out on online copy of Grand Rapids Family Magazine here
(“Read It Now” – pg. 9)
(“It Begins with a Book” – pg. 10)

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Book Sale at the Plainfield Branch

Thursday, January 7th, 2010


Visit the Friends of the Library book sale at the Plainfield Township Branch this weekend
to find great deals and a great selection.
For all ages. Visit our events page for more information.

Saturday, January 9, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, January 10, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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iTunes University

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

iTunes U screenshot

In addition to the songs, movies, and apps available through the iTunes store, did you know many universities, museums, public broadcasting stations, and state education organizations have free educational lessons, lectures, audiobooks, language lessons, and programs available through iTunes U?

A recent morning search through the U allowed me to tour the Museum of Modern Art, begin learning Japanese, and watch an interview with In Defense of Food author Michael Pollan, all from the comfort of my cozy armchair in my pjs and fuzzy bunny slippers.

Downloadable media can be played on your Mac or PC computer or easily accessed from iPods and iPhones… here’s how.

Check out this video to find out all about this exciting new student of life learning experience: An Introduction to iTunes U, and drop us a comment on your favorite learning opportunities…

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Dragon Dancing: A Book Comes to Life!

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

Bring the book Dragon Dancing by Carole Lexa Schaefer to life by turning yoruself into a dragon.
Zig-zag over snowy mountain tops and cross foamy seas in this interactive story adventure!
For young children and their families.

Spencer Township Branch – Thursday, January 7, 6:30 p.m.

Wyoming Branch – Saturday, January 16, 2:00 p.m.

Tyrone Township Branch – Wednesday, January 20, 10:00 a.m.

Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch – Saturday, January 23, 10:30 a.m.

Alto Branch – Monday, January 25, 10:30 a.m.

Byron Township Branch – Monday, February 1, 6:30 p.m.

Grandville Branch – Monday, February 1, 6:30 p.m.

Kentwood Branch – Tuesday, February 2, 10:00 a.m. and Wednesday, February 3, 6:30 p.m.

* Plainfield Township Branch – Friday, February 5, 10:15 a.m.

* Walker Branch – Saturday, February 6, 2:00 p.m.

Comstock Park Branch – Monday, February 8, 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Alpine Township Branch – Tuesday, February 9, 10:30 a.m.

Cascade Township Branch – Thursday, February 11, 7:00 p.m.

Gaines Township Branch – Wednesday, February 24, 10:00 a.m.

Krause Memorial Branch – Wednesday, February 24, 10:30 a.m.

Caledonia Township Branch – Thursday, February 25, 10:30 a.m.

* Branches indicated with a star would prefer if you register before attending the program.
To register, call 784-2007, or visit our online events calendar.

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